Aston Villa vs Everton, English Premier League, Matchday 28.
Kickoff: 19:45 GMT, Tuesday, 1-March-2016.
As struggling Aston Villa host Everton hoping to get something out from the match to ensure their stay in the English Premier League.
Aston Villa lost to Stoke City on the matchday 27 by 2-1 and are rooted at the bottom of Premier League with 16 points from 27 matches. A minimum of 40 points will be needed to ensure their stay in the top flight for next season, which is rather impossible and may well seal the relegation long way before the end of the season.
Everton had their weekend fixture against Liverpool postponed due to their opponent’s Capital One Cup Final against Manchester City and could be invigorated by the extra time for rest. The Merseyside Blues will start the match with 35 points from 26 matches with hopes still alive for European qualifications next season.
Aston Villa vs. Everton: Form Comparison
Last Five Premier League Matches
Aston Villa: LLWLD
Aston Villa have only won three of their 27 matches in the league this season. Their last win in the league came by 2-0 against Norwich at home before getting mauled by Liverpool at home 6-1 followed by the 2-1 away defeat to Stoke. However, their recent home form could give them some boost after avoiding defeats in 4 of their last 5 matches, with 2 wins and 2 draws.
Everton are not in any particular good form after failing to win in 6 of their last 8 league matches, managing 3 wins and 3 draws in the process. At the same time, you can reckon Everton are pretty hard to beat while they are playing away from home, since they have lost only once in 12 away matches in the league this season, with 4 wins and 7 draws. Their last away defeat came on 24th October against Arsenal.
Aston Villa: Team News
Carlos Sanchez, Libor Kozak, Adama Traore, Jordan Amavi and Jack Grealish are injured for Aston Villa and will miss the mid-week clash.
The good news for Villa will be the return of striker Jordan Ayew after seving the three match ban for his moment of madness against West Ham earlier this month and could straight away replace Agbonlahor in the starting lineup.
Despite back-to-back defeats Remi Garde is expected to field an identical lineup he used against Stoke City in the weekend.
Aston Villa: Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)
Bunn – Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho – Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye, Veretout – Carles Gil – Ayew.
Everton: Team News
Muhamed Besic, who is out with a hamstring injury since January 24th will miss this match, but may return to full fitness in time for their next match. Tony Hibbert is ruled out for the rest of the season, expect that Roberto Martinez has no injury worries.
Joel Robles is expected to keep Tom Howard on goal for Everton after keeping a clean sheet against Bournemouth in the FA cup win last weekend.
The Spanish coach is expected to go with his regular 4-2-3-1 formation and do not expect to tinker much with his tactics.
Everton: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Robles – Oviedo, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka – Barry, McCarthy – Cleverley, Barkley, Lennon – Lukaku.
Stoke City vs Aston Villa : Head-to-Head Stats
Last 5 league Matches:
Aston Villa: 1 wins, Draws: 0, Everton: 4 wins
EVE 4 : 0 AVL (03-10-2015)
AVL 3 : 2 EVE (02-05-2015)
EVE 3 : 0 AVL (18-10-2014)
EVE 2 : 1 AVL (01-02-2014)
AVL 0 : 2 EVE (26-10-2013)
Everton have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two sides, while Aston Villa winning one, which is exactly the same fixture for last season. Four of the last five games have seen over 2.5 goals, which is a good possibility again on Tuesday evening as Villa have scored a goal in 4 of their 5 home matches in the league and Everton scored 3 goals each in their last 2 away games.
Aston Villa vs Everton: Prediction
Aston Villa’s hopes of staying in the Premier League are getting slimmer with every match they play in this season. Everton are a highly unpredictable side, but they can play brilliantly on their day and back them to win this one comfortable considering their strong away form this season.
Statistical Betting Prediction for Aston Villa vs Everton: